Articles Posted in School Discipline

Two weeks ago in the national news we learned that a student at the University of Texas at Arlington (“UTA”), Thomas Klocke, committed suicide after the school ignored its own school disciplinary policies and punished him in violation of his Title IX rights for allegedly harassing a gay student in class.  A conspiracy between the unnamed complaining student at the school, UTA’s Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and the school’s associate director of academic integrity to go behind the back of the school’s Title IX coordinator in order to punish Klocke left him hopeless enough that he took his life last year.  Without his Title IX rights, the Mr. Klocke was denied an investigation and hearing prior to charges being brought and was not permitted the opportunity to present witnesses in his defense – or even to go back to the class and speak to his classmates to determine if any of them witnessed the allegations against him, allegations which were later determined by UTA to be unfounded.  Now the estate of the deceased student is suing UTA for violating his Title IX rights – and the reality that American colleges and universities are overly progressive and protective of so-called marginalized members of society, i.e., women and members of the LBGTQ community, has come to the forefront.  For these reasons, students who are accused of misconduct at college need to hire the best school disciplinary attorney they can find, whether they attend NYU, Columbia, Fordham, the SUNY schools, UConn, Yale, Rutgers or any school across the country.  The stakes could not be higher and the prejudice against students could not be greater in today’s politically-correct academic climate.  Continue reading

Recently a story hit the national news about a college student who was arrested after falsely accusing two college football players of raping her – but not before the players were kicked off the team, lost their scholarships and withdrew from the school, Sacred Heart University in Connecticut.  Despite a plethora of evidence immediately available to school officials which made clear the “victim” was lying, the university managed to put the players through the school disciplinary system and find in the accuser’s favor.  This case is a perfect example of how important it is for students charged in a school disciplinary action to immediately retain a top school discipline attorney to guide them through the maze of a college disciplinary hearing where the accused has significantly less rights than in a criminal case and where the standard of proof is unfairly low. Continue reading

During just this past year, we have successfully represented a number of women who have been sexually harassed in the workplace – and a number of men criminally accused of sexual assault either in the workplace or in school.  In both scenarios, a dominant theme emerged: documenting the assault or harassment is crucial to the success of your case in both the civil and criminal contexts.  Because these cases often are boiled down to a “he said/she said” scenario, the existence of indisputable, supporting, documented evidence can make the difference between a huge financial settlement and pennies – and a decades long jail sentence compared to an investigation which does not even result in the filing of criminal charges.   Continue reading

While hazing was once solely an issue confined to disciplinary or honor boards of colleges or universities, today prosecutors in New York are regularly enforcing anti-hazing laws in criminal courts – with devastating, long-term effects on college students.  News headlines today are filled with hazing offenses sometimes even leading to the death of students.  If you or a loved one are being investigated for hazing at NYU, Columbia, Fordham, Cornell or any other college or university in New York, you will need to hire a top New York school discipline attorney who also specializes in criminal defense work in order to avoid being expelled or even convicted and jailed for a crime.  Continue reading

At the Law Offices of Jeffrey Lichtman we represent students at universities all over the country including New York universities Columbia University, NYU, and Fordham for both criminal charges and university-related disciplinary proceedings. We have also represented students across the country in campus-related criminal cases including in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey and North Carolina. These charges include Narcotics cases, Sex crimes and other crimes of violence. The question often asked is ‘why hire a top New York criminal defense attorney for an arrest at a college or university?’ The answer is that the stakes are much higher these days for campus-related misconduct and criminal charges: in today’s zero tolerance society, an accusation against a student could lead to suspension or even expulsion from the university and students and their parents often want the best criminal lawyer available in order to ensure that the student’s future isn’t destroyed – before it even starts. And the best criminal lawyer for crimes occurring on college campus is the best defense attorney for crimes occurring anywhere: just because the case stems from conduct occurring on a college campus does not mean that the potential jail sentence is reduced. Continue reading